Technology and water don’t mix. However, this is starting to change. Waterproof technology is more accessible than ever, and there are a plethora of gadgets available for the bathroom. We've rounded up ten must-have bathroom gadgets.
British company Dyson are known for their innovative technological developments. One of their latest inventions is the Dyson Airblade Tap. Featuring their signature Airblade technology, this high-tech faucet aims to eliminate the need for hand-towels. It first releases water, followed by a 400mph blast of air. For extra convenience and hygiene, it’s controlled entirely by infra-red sensors.
Heated Toilet Seat
At first glance, this toilet seat is just like any other. However, it actually features a 12-volt thermal circuit, which keeps the seat at a toasty 20-25 degrees above the temperature of the room. The seat also features an antimicrobial coating, which helps keep the toilet as hygienic as possible.
The majority of dieters use their weight to measure their progress. However, this is a common mistake - water retention can cause weight to fluctuate throughout the day, and muscle is heavier than fat. The Aria scale from Fitbit aims to combat this, by measuring your weight, body fat percentage and BMI. It then wirelessly sends the data to a private online account, allowing you to easily track your progress. The device can recognise up to eight different people, so you can use one set of scales for the whole family.
Many bathroom gadgets are expensive, and designed with the wealthy in mind. However, the aim of the Waterpebble is to save you money. This waterproof pebble sits next to the shower drain, and records how long the water flows for. The next time you take a shower, the pebble will emit a green light, changing to amber and then red as you approach the length of your last shower. It encourages you to shorten the time you spend in the shower each day, ultimately reducing the amount of water used.
LED Shower Head
This LED shower head may look like a gimmick at first glance. However, internal heat-detecting technology changes the colour of the light, depending on the temperature of the water. The blue and red lights indicate cold and hot water respectively.
The warming drawer was original designed for the kitchen, providing cooks with a way of heating their plates before serving. However, interior designers soon caught onto this idea, and brought it into the bathroom. Rather than housing plates, this heating draw is ideal for warming towels.
Levaqua Shower Head
This adaptable showerhead from Levaqua invites users to choose from 9 different settings. With the simple touch of a button, the water flow can be altered to provide a massage, conserve water, or even turn off after a set amount of time.
The Beam Brush is, in part, a high-tech version of the novelty singing toothbrush. However, rather than playing one, low-quality song, it wirelessly connects to a smartphone app, playing a song of the user’s choice. The brush can also monitor the length of time it’s used for, and even set personal goals for oral hygiene improvement.
Turn your phone into a remote control with Crosswater’s technology. Their range of faucets and showers can be controlled with the Digital app, allowing you to set your temperature preferences, and even turn the water flow on and off remotely.
Often when a manufacturer claims that their product is waterproof, it can only stand up to mild splashing. However, owners of this robust bathroom speaker from Braven have nothing to fear - it can survive almost any aquatic adventure, aside from full submersion.
Not all must-have bathroom gadgets are high-tech. This simple design from Kawamura-Ganjavian was originally conceived with travellers in mind, but can also be used to save time at home. Users fill the body of the toothbrush with their chosen toothpaste. Twisting the base of the brush then dispenses a small amount onto the bristles.
This post was written by Anne Haimes of AH Interiors, an interior designer with over 20 years’ experience, based in Henley-on-Thames, England.